Beach Street home sustains damage after 2nd fire in 3 months

Beach Street home sustains damage after 2nd fire in 3 months

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WESTERLY — The state fire marshal is continuing to investigate the cause of a fire at a Beach Street home that is currently under construction on Monday afternoon, the second fire at the location over the past 3 months.

Westerly firefighters, police and ambulance personnel were called to the home at 52 Beach St. shortly before 2:15 p.m. with reports of smoke showing and a possible structure fire. Westerly Fire Chief John Mackay said it appeared a fire had started in the area of a second-floor porch before extending toward the building, which showed signs of construction.

The fire was reported quickly and it allowed firefighters to minimize the spread or impact to the home. The fire, which required venting of the building, caused damage to the home, although officials said it was not considered a loss.

“No injuries, no major issues,” Mackay said while changing gear following the response. “We were familiar with the home, as we responded to an incident here recently.”

Westerly firefighters had doused a blaze at the same location on May 2 after officials said a heat gun being used to strip paint from a porch roof caught fire. The fire was contained outside the home, although smoke damage was also reported, thanks in part to early notification through a home smoke detector and a fast response from firefighters.

Police and fire officials said there was nothing unusual about either fire. The home was under renovation during both incidents, police confirmed. The cause of the latest incident remains under investigation through the Rhode Island Division of the State Fire Marshal.

The two-family home is owned by John J. Comforti, who has owned the home since 1984 according to property records. The house was first built in 1900.


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